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Focusing on Community Health Issues

RX: The Quiet Revolution. Part of the Morse Institute and MetroWest Health Foundation Community Health Film Series

We are so excited to announce a great new series at the library. We’ve partnered with the MetroWest Health Foundation to launch the Community Health Film Series. Over the next few months, we’ll be hosting screenings of five health-related documentaries, followed by panel discussions lead by local health care experts.

This series will be a great opportunity for community members to learn about and discuss issues important to the community, from access to health care to the opioid crisis. The first film will be RX: The Quiet Revolution on Monday, October 17 at 6:00pm. In this film, David Grubin travels America to focus on the health professionals that are transforming care by lowering costs and placing the patient at the center of their practice. The full schedule for the series is available at morseinstitute.org/MWHFilm. Screenings are open to all and a light dinner will be served.


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The Minuteman Mobile App Puts the Library in Your Pocket!

Introducing the Minuteman Library Network Mobile app!Introducing the new Minuteman Library Network mobile app! Users on the go can search the catalog and place requests, keep tabs on their library account, renew or freeze their items, and manage holds through the app. The app provides access to thousands of eBooks, streaming movies, digital magazines, and premium subscription resources for lifelong learning. The app is customized for each library in the Minuteman Network so you can also check Morse Institute Library find hours, directions, events, andcontact information within the app.

A few features in the app have been receiving raves from users. Requesting museum passes directly from a mobile device simplifies the process for many users. Scan ISBN lets bookstore browsers search the catalog easily and request items from the library in one-click. Stop by the reference desk for a quick walk-through of the features of this great new app! The app is now available for download in both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Just search for Minuteman Library Network and get your library in the palm of your hand!.


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Artists & Exhibits: September 2016

NAOS Art Show September 2016 Morse InstituteNatick Artists Open Studios

Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level

Natick Artists Open Studios (NAOS) presents its annual themed group exhibit from September 1st through October 29th in anticipation of NAOS weekend October 15-16. This year the theme for the exhibit is: HOUSE. Over forty-five NAOS artists are participating and showing more than sixty 2D and 3D pieces of art representing their unique interpretations of HOUSE.


Artists and Exhibits Sept 2016 Morse Institute LibraryStudents of Mrs. Gorman

Right Gallery, first floor

Works from Mrs. Gorman’s Dining Room Art Class. Students in grades 2-8 work in a variety of media including watercolor, acrylics, and colored pencils. Students focus on color mixing, value changes, and composition.


Merrilee Torres on display at the Morse Institute LibraryMerrilee Torres: Acrylics

Left Gallery, first floor

Natick resident, Merrilee Torres, has studied regularly at the Danforth Museum School of Art since her retirement. Her favorite medium is acrylics. She also makes jewelry.


Rich Philben photography on exhibit at the Morse Institute Library

Rich Philben: Photographs

Virtual Gallery, first floor

A 1976 graduate of Natick High, Rich Philben has been fascinated with photography since he took his first photograph with his grandfather’s Polaroid more than a half a century ago. The focus of Philben’s work has always been on capturing the natural world around us in the form of the plants, animals and land and seascapes. Philben’s love of nature was inspired by his mother, Eleanor, who passed away recently just shy of her 92nd birthday. This exhibit is dedicated in her honor.


Vines by the Sound & Spirit Choir. Now on display at the Morse Institute LibrarySound & Spirit Choir: Vines, Upcycled Materials

Atrium Stairwell

The Sound & Spirit Choir of Natick created the installation “Vines” using upcycled materials to represent their collective inter-generational commitment to preserving our beautiful planet.


14. Island Retreat of Horace Holyoke with Stowe faceNatick Historical Society Traveling Kiosk: Explore, Discover, Invesitagte, Imagine

First floor

This traveling exhibit is a window into the latest developments at the Natick Historical Society.


All Ears on Audiobooks

All Ears on Audiobooks at the Morse Institute Library

A recent Boston Globe article says it all: “Audiobooks are booming.” Audiobooks are one of the fastest growing segments in publishing, and the library has titles and formats to fit everyone’s needs. Community Relations Coordinator Anna Litten is one of the many library users who love audiobooks. “Loading up my phone or iPad with audiobooks for the whole family is one of the most important things I do to get ready for any road trip. Our whole family loves listening to audiobooks in the car, and finding titles that everyone from 6 to 46 can enjoy together is a fun challenge.”

Our staff purchases popular audiobook titles for kids, teens, and adults. OverDrive gives library patrons access to free audiobooks available for download straight to a mobile device. Still prefer CD? We’ve recently freed up more space to make our books on CD collection easier to browse. Want the ease of MP3 without a download? Playaways are single-title individual MP3 players. All you need are batteries and headphones, and you’re ready to listen!


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Free Professional Help for Your Small Business

SCORE Small Business Help at the Morse Institute LibraryWhether you’re looking to start a new business or just want to grow your existing business, SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) Boston is here to help! Every 2nd and 4th Thursday SCORE volunteers will provide area small business owners with free, one-hour counseling and advice sessions.

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth, and success of small businesses nationwide. SCORE volunteers are ready to help answer your business questions, including brainstorming ideas to grow your business and become more profitable, or discuss ideas and plan for the opening of a new business.

Schedule a FREE one-hour session at scoreboston.org/natick or by calling 617-565-5591.


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On Your Mark, Get Set…Feed!

Food For Fines all August at the Morse Institute Library

Save money and help those in need! Our annual Food for Fines program gives library users an easy way to support the Vi Tutuny Food Pantry at the Natick Service Council. During the month of August, bring in new, non-perishable food or personal care items to pay your library overdue fines. Sadly, we can’t accept food for lost or damaged books.

During the summer, families in need still count on help from the food pantry. Unfortunately this is also a time when donations go down as groups that donate through the year are on break. As a result, August is a great month for a boost in donations. The Morse Institute library is proud to support the Natick Service Council with our annual Food for Fines Drive. Last year, we donated 2,918 pounds of food and personal care items to the food pantry. Let’s see if we can top 3,000 this year!


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English Language Tutoring Gets Support from MSCF

Tutor and student with Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts at the Morse Institute LibraryThanks to a generous grant of $15,000 from Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation (MSCF), we’ll be able to meet our goal of becoming a welcoming library for all in Natick! Our English Language Learning (ELL) program provides English Language classes, conversation groups, and tutoring. This grant will help us continue this great work, as well as providing funding to add international language books and ELL training materials to our collection. We are also excited to provide additional signage and materials to make the library easier to use for the ELL community.

The Morse Institute Library is one of the few places in the area for English language classes and tutoring for adults. As Natick as become more diverse, we’ve seen our ELL services grow and we’re so excited that Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation is joining us in supporting ELL material and services at the Morse Institute!


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Summertime Fun for Everyone!

Kids Crafting Wednesday this summer at the Morse Institute

Summer at the library means great activities for the whole family. On Wednesdays from July 6 to August 10, drop in to Crafting Wednesdays. Open crafting gives kids and parents a chance to play and make something together. Stop by the children’s room between 2pm-7pm and see what you’ll make each week!

What better way to enjoy the long nights of summer than with a picnic and a family friendly movie? Visit us on Thursday nights during July and August and spread out your blanket in the Lebowitz Meeting Hall starting at 6:00pm. Enjoy a picnic dinner with your family before the movie starts at 6:30. We’ll provide water and a sweet treat. We’ll be screening family favorites like The Good Dinosaur (July 14), Minions (August 4), and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (August 18). For a full list of upcoming films visit our website.

Join Your Natick Libraries for Bubble Soccer!

Bubble Soccer

Have you ever wanted to get into a big plastic suit and play soccer and fall around so you’d be the envy of all of your friends and family? We’ll here’s your chance! Join the Morse Institute Library and the Bacon Free Library for an afternoon of bubble soccer at the Memorial School field! Teams of 5 will go head to head in a fast-paced game with your friends and neighbors!

This event is free of charge but space is limited and registration is required! There are two game times available at 4pm and 5pm. Register for the game on online. We would like to thank Natick Parks and Recreation Department and the Natick Community Senior Center for their assistance in making this program possible!


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Creating an Inclusive Library with OUT MetroWest

OUT MetroWest logo

As part of her mission to deliver awesome library service to all of Natick’s teens, our Teen Librarian Robin Fosdick has formed a partnership with OUT MetroWest. OUT MetroWest’s mission is to enrich the LGBTQ community in MetroWest Boston through programming, education, and advocacy. OUT MetroWest offers free social, educational, and wellness programs for LGBTQ middle and high school youth, their families, and others in the community – and has excellent support groups that meet monthly.

Our Teen Room now features a permanent Queer display which features new LGBTQ fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels for teens; the American Library Association’s Rainbow Book List titles; and OUT MetroWest material. OUT MetroWest director of operations Julie Blazar says, “We are thrilled by the partnership that the library has offered. Local teens, whether LGBTQ or not, are lucky to have such a supportive community resource in downtown Natick. We tell all of our participants to check out the library’s Teen Area!”

The next joint library/OMW event is this summer’s Queer Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, July 20 from 1:30-4:00pm. This event is for teens ages 11-18 and registration is NOT required. Join us for yummy make-your-own ice cream sundaes, a camping movie (rated PG-13), board games, temporary tattoos, and more! For more information contact Robin at 508-647-6400 x1546 or at . And to learn more about OUT MetroWest visit outmetrowest.org.


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Get Out and Explore with the Library!

Get out and explore the Massachusetts State Parks with the Morse Institute Library!

Get out of town on us! Use the library’s Adventure Passes to head out and explore this summer. The library’s 25 Adventure Passes give free or reduced admission to museums and attractions across the area. Learn more about the maritime history of Boston with the U.S.S. Constitution Museum pass, or explore the historic sites on Spectacle and George’s Islands with the Boston Harbor Islands Ferry pass. Want to get further away from Boston? All of Massachusetts is open to you with the Massachusetts State Park Pass.

Thanks to the Friends of the Morse Institute Library for sponsoring our summer adventures!


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